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Poster: drspark61 Date: Mar 29, 2012 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Can somebody please explain '71 to me?

There was something about the sound of the Dead's soundboard tapes in 1971 -- especially Phil's tone and place in the mix. It's the Dead sound I fell in love with from their live double LP. It changed pretty drastically the next year.

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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Mar 30, 2012 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Can somebody please explain '71 to me?

Thanks to everyone who responded for the explanations and recommendations. Just listened to 8/6/71 again and I hear the tightness on the shorter songs. 1973 is probably my favorite year, which means I may overlook the short, sweet stuff for cosmic jams.

I also have a lot of love for 10/31/71 aka DP2. That Dark Star is just liquid, and has the best Tighten Up I've ever heard. And it's the only time I ever heard them rev up again after GDTRFB, instead of just reentering NFA from a dead stop. Beautiful stuff.